The final week of regular-season play in Tennessee created little movement in The Associated Press high school football rankings.
Dobyns-Bennett, after its toughest game of the season, held at No. 4 in the Class 6A poll, behind fellow unbeatens No. 1 Maryville, No. 2 Siegel and No. 3 Whitehaven. The Indians, who meet No. 9 Bearden on Friday in the first round of the playoffs, are coming off a 37-34 victory over No. 7 Science Hill, which dropped two spots after its loss to D-B.
Daniel Boone didn’t move from its No. 7 slot in the 5A poll, which again was topped by No. 1 Beech (10-0) and No. 2 Jackson Northside (10-0). The Trailblazers (8-2) host Tennessee High (6-4) on Friday in the opening round.
Elizabethton (8-2) and Sullivan North (9-1) held at Nos. 6 and 7 in 3A after the close of the regular season. Closer to the top of the rankings, No. 2 CPA (10-0) and No. 3 CAK (9-1) switched spots after CAK suffered its first loss of the year, 31-28 to top-ranked Alcoa (9-1).
The Golden Raiders open the playoffs at home against Unicoi County (5-5). The Cyclones host Johnson County (4-6).
Across the border in Virginia, Essex (8-0) and Clintwood (8-1) stayed No. 1 and No. 2 in The AP’s Group A rankings. Honaker (8-1) dropped one spot into a tie for 10th despite its resounding 55-21 victory over Grundy last week.
The Greenwave wrap up the regular season with a visit to Gate City. The Tigers host rival Haysi in their regular-season finale.